Café Crem

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“Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk”


I didn’t understand this one as a kid. Now I do. It means if you’ve made a mistake, if something has broken, don’t keep on crying over it, because that won’t do anything toward fixing it. Just let it go, and move on.

Madame Monet


February 10, 2008 - Posted by | Art, culture, life, Proverbs and Sayings, random


  1. Well that’s all well and good now, as adults…but how many of you got yelled at when you spilled the milk? Then we had good reason to cry! (Sorry, my sick humor spilling over here.) Psych

    Comment by psychscribe | February 10, 2008

  2. ….this has in turn reminded me of “There’s many a slip twixt cup and lip” which, on first hearing , might lead one to think it’s about spilling something, but in fact is something that you say in order to warn someone not to be too confident about the result of a plan, because many things can go wrong before it is completed.

    Comment by kevmoore | February 10, 2008

  3. We seem to spill a lot of milk around my house. I didn’t realize how many years it would take to master proper use of a cup. Accidents are accidents, and I always try to remember this saying, and try not to cry. But milk has gotten so expensive lately. I don’t think my kids have ever cried about it. They seem very comfortable with their accidents 🙂

    Comment by shelleymhouse | February 10, 2008

  4. Shelley, referring back to an early cafe crem entry, when I told of the “death” of my morning star cup, i think it’s safe to say we haven’t mastered proper use of a cup in this house!

    Comment by kevmoore | February 10, 2008

  5. Haha…I’m delighted to hear I’m not the only one! I have a nice chip in my front tooth to remind me of when my cup missed it’s mark.

    Comment by shelleymhouse | February 10, 2008

  6. Sometimes I think it’s okay to cry over spilled milk. I mean, how many cups can you accidentally break before you finally have a breakdown yourself? I say… Go ahead. Cry. Throw a few cups around. When you’ve gotten it out of your system… Address it head on. It’s worked fine for me thus far.

    Comment by Jamey | February 19, 2008

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